Social Worker - Maximising Independence - Berkshire
Social Worker - Maximising Independence
Employer: West Berkshire Council
Salary: GBP25,951 - GBP34,538 per annum, Grade H - I
Location: Hillcroft House
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 23/07/2017 at 23:55 PM
West Berkshire Council has an exciting opportunity for a Social Worker in Adult Services.
We are a small Local Authority with a mixture of urban and rural communities which each bring different challenges. We are committed to promoting independence and the choice and control the personal budget process offers our clients.
We are recruiting for a full time (37 hours) Social Worker to work in our Maximising Independence Team.
We are looking for an HCPC registered Social Worker who hasproven relevant work experience. You will have professional supervision and training to ensure your skills will meet the requirements of the role.
The role will require you to support in the safe discharges of patients from hospital through the Joint Care Pathway and assess or review for eligibility of long term support in accordance with the Care Act. You will be required to work with vulnerable individuals who are unable to make decisions in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act. You will promote the rights of individuals and safeguard those who are at risk of abuse by working with the Safeguarding Team and completing S42 enquiries.
There will be an expectation that you will undertake training towards becoming a Best Interests Assessor and participate in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards rota. You will be required to explore all options of support and funding including Continuing Health Care and Fast Track funding. You will attend and contribute to DST's, case conferences and professional meetings as necessary. You may be required to undertake Court of Protection applications, advise on Lasting Power of Attorney and work with advice from the legal team on matters which require this.
As a Social Worker, you will work closely with your colleagues who include Personal Budget Support Workers and Occupational Therapists. You will also work alongside health colleagues through the integrated health and social care pathway for hospital discharges. A key role for the Social Worker in this team is to develop a link worker role in one of the hospitals in the area, which include Basingstoke, Swindon, Reading and the Community Hospital. Dedicated teams of workers are deployed in these hospitals to build relations and links to ensure the smooth transition for the patient from hospital to home, or into a care home.
West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 26 days per annum rising to a maximum of 34 days, depending on how long you've worked for us and the grade of your job.
This role requires the incumbent to have a car available at work to undertake his/her duties as they will be expected to undertake at least 2500 business miles per year. Essential Car User status attracts a lump sum allowance paid on a monthly basis as well as a free car parking space if he/she works at one of the Council's corporate buildings
For more information please contact: Ann Tubbs, Team Manager or Mia Holmes, Assistant Team Manager on .
How to apply
Please complete an online application form by clicking on the 'Apply' button.
This role requires the incumbent to have a car available at work to undertake his/her duties as they will be expected to undertake at least 1500 business miles per year. Essential Car User status attracts a lump sum allowance paid on a monthly basis as well as a free car parking space if he/she works at one of the Council's corporate buildings.
All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.